The first seemingly official benchmark for Intel’s unannounced Intel Core i7-9700K has emerged in the Geekbench database. Intel's upcoming flagship CPU manages to just pip the performance of the current Core i7-8700K in both single-core score and multi-core score, despite the lack of multithreading.
As per the leaks, the Coffee Lake-S powered Intel Core i7-9700K has eight cores and just eight threads. The big selling point is faster clocks right out of the box, with a maximum frequency of 4.9GHz, or 4.6GHz across all eight cores. The Intel Core i7-8700K, meanwhile, has six cores but 12 threads, achieving 4.3Ghz with turbo frequency across all six cores.
As for the results, the Intel Core i7-9700K shows a narrow advantage, but an advantage all the same. It scores 4.74% higher in single-core tests and 9.72% faster in the multi-core benchmark. It’s certainly not a huge gain so current Core i7-8700K owners need not fret about an upgrade. For those looking at picking up a CPU soon though, the Core i7-9700K will likely become a new gaming champion despite the fewer threads.
Intel Core i7-9700K Geekbench
Intel Core i7-8700K Geekbench
The next big question is how well this little bad boy is going to overclock. EXPreview has already claimed it’s managed to hit 5.3GHz with air cooling alone, while a separate leak suggested the i7-9700K could hit 5.5Ghz without any problems, using liquid cooling.
It's expected Intel's 9th Core series processors will be ready to launch at some point in October.